2. Front forks: removal

  1. It is advisable to prevent any risk of damage to its paintwork by removing the fuel tank. See Manual - Chapter 5 - Fuel tank: removal and refitting.
  2. On machines fitted with fairings, remove any internal panels (eg the knee pads on K100 RS, K100 RT and K100 LT models) that prevent access to the fork yokes, and on K100 RS, K100 RT and K100 L T models, remove the fork gaiter retaining screws (where fitted). On models fitted with the handlebar fairing (K75 C-type) slacken the clamp screws holding the fairing bracket to the fork stanchions.
  3. Remove the front wheel. See Chapter 9 - Wheels & Brakes. Disconnect the second brake caliper from the fork lower leg, place a soft wooden or plastic spacer between the pads of each caliper and tie both calipers loosely to the frame so that both are out of harm's way and their hoses are not kinked or stretched.
  4. Remove its mounting bolts and withdraw the front mudguard and, where fitted, the fork brace.
  5. Prise the black plastic cap off the top of each fork leg and slacken fully both fork yoke pinch bolts to release each leg.
  6. Unless the yokes have been distorted through excessive overtightening, the fork legs can be pulled easily downwards and out of the yokes. If resistance is encountered. apply a liberal quantity of penetrating fluid 10 the fork stanchions where they pass through the yokes, allow time for it to work and then try to rotate the stanchion to break it free of the yoke's grip, before pulling it downwards.

 


2.3 Remove front wheel, both brake calipers and hoses, and front mudguard


2.5a Prise plastic cap off each leg ...


2.5b ... then slacken pinch bolts to release fork stanchions